Mrs. Annie Dunik of Victoria, BC, formerly of Yorkton, widow of Gabriel Dunik entered eternal rest Friday, July 27, 2001 at the Aberdeen Hospital in Victoria, BC. She was 90 years of age. Annie was born on July 6, 1911 in the Plainview district, a daughter of Bill and Nettie (nee Bilozer) Blishchak. She was raised on the family farm and attended Junior School in that area. On March 3, 1929 Annie was united in marriage to Gabriel Dunik at St. Mary's Church, Beaverdale. With Gabriel working for the CNR as sectionman the couple resided in various communities throughout the province. These included Fenwood, Melville and Radville. In 1961 they moved to Yorkton to enjoy their retirement. In 1995 Annie moved to Victoria, BC to be near her family. Annie was a faithful member of St. Mary's Church, U.C.W.L. Branch #1 and the Golden Agers. She was an excellent gardener and homemaker and enjoyed various types of handiwork.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband Gabriel in 1985; son Edward; three brothers, John, Bill and Steve Blishchak; a sister Pauline Spasnick; and a half sister Nettie Woytas. Annie leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Isabel McSorley of Victoria, BC; daughter-in-law Shirley Flint of Victoria, BC; two grandsons Brian and Glen of Victoria, BC; two granddaughters, Joanne of Victoria, BC and Karen of Edmonton, AB; six great grandchildren; a brother Nick Blishchak of Yorkton and a sister Mary Shuflita of Yorkton.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday, July 31st at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. and Rev. Fr. Oleh Kashuba, C.Ss.R. officiating. Members of Ukrainian Catholic Women's League, Branch #1 led in the Rosary. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, August 1st at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. Cantor, Ed Pindus assisted by Parish Choir members led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Joe. J. Ratushniak. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Donald Blishchak, Lionel Woytas, Edward Shuflita, Murray Bialobzyski, John Solonenko and Brett Marianchuk serving as the casket bearers. Eternal Memory! Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Eileen Dunlop, longtime Kelliher resident passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at the Cupar and District Nursing Home. She was 88 years of age. Eileen Dunlop was born on October 31, 1913 at Biggar, Saskatchewan; the eldest child of James and Minnie (nee Boyd) Leslie. She grew up in the Campbelltown district near Kelliher and this was where she met and married Joey Dunlop on November 19, 1936. Joey and Eileen farmed in the Campbelltown district until moving to Black Diamond, Alberta in 1942. They returned home after a couple of years on the farm until 1955, when they moved into Kelliher. With her children in school and farm chores behind her, Eileen became involved in many different organizations. She was a member of the Eastward-Dorcus Homemaker's Club, the UCW, the Kelliher Curling Club and the Square Dance Club. Seeing a need for youth activities she organized the first Kelliher 4-H Homecraft Club and she remained as general leader for fifteen years. She also filled the role as judge for other homecraft clubs. She assisted in organizing the Kelliher Figure Skating Club and sat on the executive for several years. Eileen was extremely interested and active in politics. She was secretary treasurer of the Touchwood CCF/NDP for 17 years and she also helped to organize the Kelliher Ladies CCF/NDP Club. She was honored as a 'builder' by the Provincial Party in 1986 along with five other ladies in the province. Gardening was one of her great loves, growing vegetables and masses of flowers she so freely shared. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing and crafts and so she helped organize the Kelliher fair. She fully participated in this event each year until 1996. She was an active member of the committee formed to erect the cemetery gates in honour of Eric Steven's work in keeping the grounds so well cared for and she spent countless hours with many other volunteers who published the Kelliher and District History Book. A need for a Senior Citizens Centre became an important cause that she worked for and she and Joey spent many happy hours there when the centre became a reality. She always enjoyed the Seniors Garden Show and participated in it for many years. Eileen's family was very important in her life and she was always available to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed. She delighted in the arrival of each new grandchild and she and Joey spent many happy years enjoying visits, camping, fishing and holidays with 'the kids'. In January of 1999 Eileen moved to the Cupar and District Nursing Home where she resided until her passing.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Joey on February 2, 1986, an infant daughter Patricia, brothers Willie and Andy Leslie and son-in-law Stan Lyell. She leaves to celebrate her life, her children: Betty & Elwood Hart of Edmonton AB; Bob & Dorothy Dunlop of Regina; Pegie Lyell of Saskatoon; Gord & Shirley Dunlop of Redwater AB; and Sharon & Bob Grocholski of Regina; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, her sister and brother-in-law Bess and Wilf Hidlebaugh of Oliver BC, and several nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Service took place on Saturday, December 8, 2001 from St. Paul's United Church in Kelliher. Rev. Don Milne officiated. The organist, Sharon Antoneshyn led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'In the Garden', 'Rock of Ages' and 'How Great Thou Art'. The recessional hymn was 'Beyond the Sunset'. The eulogy was given by Marlene Tymiak. Honorary bearers were Joanne and James Budd, Florence Wilson and Clifford Larson. The interment followed in the Kelliher Memorial Gardens with Ann Dunlop, Douglas Hart, Richard Hart, Brad Grocholski, Kevin Lyell, Brian Grocholski, James Dunlop and Geoff Grocholski serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were by Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Xenia Dusyk of Yorkton, formerly of of the Invermay-Rama area, widow of Stephen entered eternal rest on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 84 years of age. Xenia (Hadubiak) Dusyk was born on December 9th, 1916 at Mitchelview, (Buchanan) Saskatchewan. She was the youngest child of the late Andrew and Barbara (Prokop) Hadubiak. Xenia attended Olesha School and after High School she helped her widowed mother on the farm. On September 26th, 1938 she was married to Stefan Dusyk by Rev. John Holowka at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Olesha. Stephen and Xenia resided on their newly acquired farm near Olesha for 9 years. On November 21st, 1947 the family moved to Rama where for 5 years they operated a business besides running their farm. Xenia became involved in the community and joined the U.C.W.L.C. where she served as first-vice and secretary for many years. In 1953 the family sold the Rama property and the farm in Olesha and moved to their last farm west of Invermay where the family continued to grow. In 1957 a U.C.W.L.C. was organized in Invermay and she served on the executive holding various positions until 1972. Xenia was also involved in the Home and School and was a directress in the Invermay Agricultural Society and was a great exhibitor who won numerous competitions at the annual fair for her sewing, baking, crafts and also for her garden and yard. She always encouraged her family to participate. She was previously a press reporter for the Wadena News and then for the Ukrainian section of "Our Pathway" in Yorkton since 1972. Xenia was employed at Anderson Lodge where she took care of the needs of senior citizens for 10 years beginning in 1973. Starting in 1975, Xenia held various positions through the years with Yorkton U.C.W.L.C. including president. In 1990 she was installed into the Eparchial Executive in St. Athanasius Church in Regina, as member at large. In 1990 Xenia was installed as 1st. Vice and liaison to the Eparchial Executive in St. Mary's Church in Yorkton which gave her seven years with the Eparchial. In 1991 she was awarded a Certificate of Merit for long-outstanding dedication to the U.C.W.L.C. She also served on various committees such as the Millennium, Regional Centennial, Yorkton Centennial, a member of U.C.C. since it was organized in Yorkton in 1991 and a member of the Golden Agers since it was organized in 1977. In 1993 she visited Ukraine with the Humanitarian Aide, "Gift of Hope". This trip was highlighted in a family history book that Xenia authored and dedicated in the memory of her parents Andrew and Barbara Hadubiak so their descendants would have a written record of their ancestors. Xenia maintained her wonderful sense of humour to the very end. She will be remembered for her carefully tended yard and garden. Many a summer day was spent in it. She took enormous pride in her Ukrainian heritage and her catholic faith, passing it down to her children and descendents. She loved her family deeply. Her family will cherish her beautifully handcrafted patchwork quilts for years to come. Every descendent has received one. Xenia leaves a rich legacy of great love, caring, kindness and generosity to everyone she knew. Xenia was predeceased by her husband Stephen in 1987; her father Andrew in 1923; her mother Barbara in 1938; infant brother Nickolas in 1902; infant sister Ann in 1910; brothers, Peter in 1974; Steve in 1980 and John in 1993; a sister Katherine Kozak in 2001; daughter-in-law Lynda (Marvin) in 1998 and grand-daughter Julie (Rev. Peter) Isaac of Colorado, USA in 1998.
Xenia is survived by a brother Joseph Hadubiak of Regina; she leaves to cherish her memory her eight children: Orlene (Giovanni) Eremondi; [David (Karen), Thomas (Mona), Timothy (Lynne) and Nicholas (Eileen)], all of Saskatoon; Leslie (Vivian) of Calgary; [Marcel (Shelly) of Edmonton , Lisa Faubert of Calgary]; Marvin of Hinton, AB; Marianne (Edwin) Skene [Samantha (Ron) Vaillancourt and Christopher], all of Sudbury,ON; Zoria (Earl) Flynn of Hinton,AB [Yaras Woroniuk of Marwayne,AB]; Basil (Shirley) of Kamloops,BC [Stephen and Natasha of Ft. McMurray,AB and Cory of Courtney,BC]; Markian (Debbie) of Kamloops,BC [Danyell of Ft. McMurray,AB and Shana of Kamloops,BC]; Methodius (Christine) of Ft. McMurray,AB [Robin (Kris) Bilou of Calgary]. Also 16 great grandchildren: Krista and Jason Eremondi; Desiree (Jason) Thomas, Elija, Jesse and Rosanne Isaac; Joey and Kabrienne Eremondi; Anthony, Elizabeth, Stephan, Alexander and Caterina Eremondi; Avery and Benjamin Eremondi; Courtney Chiasson; Deanna and Emily Dusyk; great great granddaughter Keely Thomas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, November 29th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. The rosary led by members of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League, Branch #1 preceded the prayers. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, November 30th at St. Mary's Church with Very Rev. Dmytro Dnistrian, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The cantor, Ed Pindus assisted by Susan Solonenko and parish choir members led in the singing of the responses. The epistle reader was Leslie Dusyk. An honour guard was formed by members of the U.C.W.L. with the following, cross bearer Verna Moroz, prapor bearer Stella Blazieko, banner bearers Mary Tratch and Anne Abrametz and memorial wreath bearers Anne Boychuk, Mary Sniher and Stella Tratch serving. The Golden Agers wreath was carried by Natalie Sakundiak. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Basil Dusyk, Markian Dusyk, Methodius Dusyk, Marvin Dusyk, Christopher Skene and David Eremondi serving as the casket bearers. Following the interment a memorial reception was held at St. Mary's Cultural Centre. Tributes were given by UCWL president Verna Moroz; Golden Ager president Bill Tratch; grandsonThomas Eremondi; great granddaughter Kabrienne Eremondi; daughter and son-in-law Marianne and Ed Skene and son Leslie Dusyk. ETERNAL MEMORY! Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Clarence Dutka, beloved husband of Lydia Dutka of Yorkton passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 81 years of age. Clarence Claude Dutka was born on August 19, 1921 in the Yarbo district of Saskatchewan; a son of Karl and Josephine (nee Buchberger) Dutka. Clarence was raised on the family farm and attended the Redpath School. As a young man he enlisted into the Royal Canadian Army, serving with the forces from 1941 until his discharge in 1945. He returned to Saskatchewan and on October 15, 1946 was united in marriage to Lydia Petracek at Gerald. The couple resided for a short time in the area before moving to Raymore, where Clarence became the area Drayman. Moving to Lajord, Clarence began employment with the Department of Highways, this work would lead to a 33-year career, many years as foreman. In 1967, the family moved to Francis, Saskatchewan. Clarence retired in 1984. In 1987 the couple moved to Yorkton, where they have since resided. In earlier years Clarence had been active in the Canadian Legion. His hobbies included gardening, growing his famous potatoes, curling in his earlier years, fishing with his son-in-law Ken and friends in Kenora, Ontario. He was also affectionately known as 'Mr. Wait' to the staff of the local Wal-Mart in Yorkton. Clarence was always ready with a friendly smile and a joke or two. Over the past couple of years his health had been in steady decline.
Predeceased by his parents in 1938, brothers Charle (1958), Stanley (1984), Mike (1987) and Albert (1993); and by a sister Agnes Hunt (1986). He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Lydia; daughters, Darlene (Ken) Boychuk of Kenora, Ontario, and Laverne Tucker of Yorkton; grandchildren, Dan, Christa, Jamie, Shane, extended family, Michelle, Bill, Lindsay, Sarah, Scott, Jasmin, Madison, Kaleb, Tara & Jim; great grandchildren Kerston, Kristine and Kassandra. Also a brother Laurence (Doreen) Dutka of Regina; and sisters Mary Helmle of Gerald and Ann Krutz of Esterhazy; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and numerous other relatives and friends.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, July 7, 2003 from St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church in Gerald. Rev. Father Rick Krofchek was the celebrant. The organist, Wendy Lamontagne led members of the Parish Choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Be Not Afraid', 'Peace is Flowing Like A River' and 'Amazing Grace'. The eulogist was Pat Petracek, the lay-readers were Germane Mikolas and Diane Lamontagne. Ushers were Brent Lamontagne and Dennis Petracek, and the altarservers were Bryce Nixon, and Josh and Garrett Huber. All those in attendance were considered honorary bearers. The interment followed in St. Wenceslaus Parish Cemetery with Leslie Dutka, Ron Dutka, Sheldon Lamontagne, Larry Petracek, Ken Mockford and Calvin Petracek serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2000 Steve Dwernichuk entered eternal rest at his home in MacNutt. He was 84 years of age. Steve Dwernichuk was born on June 16, 1916 in the Calder district, a son of John and Mary (nee Gregory) Dwernichuk. He attended Homeland School for a short time prior to helping on the family farm. In his younger years, Steve worked for various farmers in the MacNutt district. Eventually he joined his brother Alex and the two farmed in the MacNutt area. Steve retired at age 65 but continued to live on the farm until 1997 when they moved to MacNutt. Steve's favourite pastime was playing cards.
Predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Nick, Metro and Sam, Steve leaves to cherish his memory a brother Alex of MacNutt and three sisters, Lena of MacNutt, Margaret Kolinsky of Saskatoon and Katie Kolinsky of Bruno.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday, November 21st at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 22nd at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Rev. Father Rod Luciuk of St. Mark's Orthodox Church officiating. The cantor, Brother Innocent led in the singing of the services. Longtime friend and neighbour Bill Chornawka conveyed reflections of Steve's life and sang the hymn In The Sweet Bye and Bye. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Peter Onofreychuk, Gordon Kahut, Bill Chornawka, Andrew Wereschuk, Carl Kohut and Lorne Kozaruk serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mary Dzogola was born on June 11, 1911 on the family farm in the Stornoway district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Prokop & Anna Yaholnitsky. Mary was raised on the family farm and attended school in Stornoway. She was united in marriage to Dmytro Dzogola. Following World War II the couple moved to make their home in Windsor, Ontario. Mary ran a market garden for a few years and also worked as a nurse's aide at the Huron Lodge for many years while Dmytro was employed in the auto industry. Following his death in 1962, Mary worked for a few more years until her retirement. In 1999 she became a resident of the Hudson Manor Rest Home in Windsor, and since 2002 had been a resident of the Tilbury Manor Nursing Home. Mary passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2003. She was 91 years of age. Although she lived most of her life in eastern Canada, her prairie roots still remained strong; Mary made many, many trips back to Saskatchewan over the years to visit and care for her brothers.
Predeceased by her husband Dmytro in 1962, her parents, sisters Sadie Klimchuk and Lena Korzenowski, and by brothers Nick, Julius, Metro, Alex, John and Victor Yaholnitsky. She leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory, son Roger and his wife Lori of Defiance, Missouri; daughters Lynette of Windsor and Shirley and Jim of Windsor; loving grandmother of Alex, Michael, Dana, Sherry, Shelly, Shannon, Tammy, Cory and Steven. A great grandmother of 19; sister of Joe Yaholnitsky of Rhein and Harry Yaholnitsky of Yorkton; sister-in-law of Annie Yaholnitsky of Hudson Bay; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends.